Enforced Rest

I’m nearly well but here to tell fatigue,
less caused by age or illness than by work.
I solo-cared for two, and I’m beleag-
uered by exhaustion now I plan to lurk
alone in silence and refrain from task
or errand, staying home and keeping still.
The only deeds from me today I ask:
to bathe, compose two meals, and try to chill.

I have a book to read and can get more
without a journey. Here are games to play.
I won’t remove the dust or sweep a floor.
I’m strong and will resist impulse today
to get (while I am here) a project done.
My only aim is having quiet fun.

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